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The First Software Update for Apple's HomePod Arrives

11 monthes ago   |   By App Advice

For the first time, Apple has just released a software update to the HomePod smart speaker.
To update, you'll first need to make sure your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 11.3. The update will then automatically install
It's unknown what new features, if any, are included in the update. But we will let you know if anything substantial is found.
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Messages in iCloud Not Present in the Final Version of 11.3

11 monthes ago   |   By App Advice

The wait for Messages in iCloud continues. After adding the feature in during the beta testing period, it has been removed in the final version of iOS 11.3 released to the public today.
With the feature, users can see all of the conversations synced between iOS devices and their Mac using iCloud. For example, when a message is deleted on an iPhone, it will automatically disappear on an iPad.
Originally announced back at WWDC in June 2017, it was included in all beta versions of iOS 11 before being pulled in the final version that arrived last September.
At least one noted Apple expert...
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How to update your HomePod to the latest software version

How to update your HomePod to the latest software version

11 monthes ago   |   By 9to5Mac

The first update for the HomePod, version 11.3 was released today. In this post, we'll walk through the steps of updating your HomePod to the latest available public release. more...
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How HomeKit's software authentication works

How HomeKit's software authentication works

11 monthes ago   |   By iMore

With the launch of iOS 11.3, Apple has introduced a new software authentication option for HomeKit accessory manufacturers.
iOS 11.3 is here and it features a whole host of fun new features, including new Animoji, ARKit 1.5, iPhone battery health settings, health records, and so much more. One of the features that didn't make the bulleted list of most important new features is a little thing called software authentication for HomeKit-enabled accessories. And I'd argue it's one of the most exciting things shipping in iOS 11.3. Why? Because it means we could see several new HomeKit-enabled...
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What's new in iOS 11.3

What's new in iOS 11.3

11 monthes ago   |   By iMore

Apple's newest iOS update is out and chock full of little updates and surprises.
After a long beta period, iOS 11.3 is now out in the world. It brings with it updates for ARKit and the augmented reality experience, improved battery health monitoring , new Animoji for the iPhone X, business chat in messages, and much more.
Here's our rundown of what's new in iOS 11.3. Peruse it at your leisure.
How to download the latest update to iOS!
iOS 11 review: Smarter, better, faster, bolder
ARKit gets vertical iOS 11.3 comes with support for the latest version of ARKit, which can now recognize and...
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What's new with ARKit in iOS 11.3

What's new with ARKit in iOS 11.3

11 monthes ago   |   By iMore

It may not be obvious right away, but there's a lot of big things coming to ARKit.
Among the many improvements headed to iOS 11.3 , Apple is expanding the capabilities of ARKit for developers to do more. The new ARKit 1.5 update is the clear result of developer feedback, and these new features are going to help both your existing ARKit favorites and new ARKit apps really shine.
Here's what's new with ARKit in iOS 11.3!
ARKit can now "see" more things
The biggest part of the ARKit update by far is the ability to detect vertical and irregularly shaped surfaces. That's a complicated way of...
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Apple Releases iOS 11.3 With Battery Health Feature, New Animoji and More

Apple Releases iOS 11.3 With Battery Health Feature, New Animoji and More

11 monthes ago   |   By App Advice

Apple's iOS 11.3 can now be downloaded by the general public. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update. You can also upgrade using iTunes.
Probably the biggest feature in iOS 11.3 is a new battery health feature .
Available by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, the section provides a look at the current maximum capacity of your battery relative to when it was new.
It also will let you know if the battery is currently supporting peak performance capability. Anyone with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone...
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How to use Battery Health in iOS 11.3 to monitor and control power throttling

How to use Battery Health in iOS 11.3 to monitor and control power throttling

11 monthes ago   |   By iMore

IOS 11.3 includes Apple's new Battery Health beta - a way to monitor and control performance management on your iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7.
In the wake of negative reaction to iPhone advanced power management - the system that slowed down older iPhones with degraded batteries to prevent shutdowns - Apple is including a new Battery Health feature in iOS 11.3. Currently in beta, the feature is built into Settings > Battery, and provides information on current maximum capacity and peak performance capability.
It will also inform you if your iPhone is being slowed down...
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Health Records: Everything you need to know about iOS 11.3's new health feature!

Health Records: Everything you need to know about iOS 11.3's new health feature!

11 monthes ago   |   By iMore

This is a big first step towards being the real owner of your health data.
Apple has been helping the medical world go digital with tools like CareKit and ResearchKit for a while now: These tools allow developers to build apps for the medical community, allowing them to securely share relevant patient data in very specific situations. With iOS 11.3 , Apple is making it possible for patients to take a more active role in their health data with the new Health Records area in the Apple Health app.
Here's how Health Records are going to work in iOS 11.3.
A central location for your health...
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Apple releases iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4, tvOS 11.3, and watchOS 4.3

Apple releases iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4, tvOS 11.3, and watchOS 4.3

11 monthes ago   |   By VentureBeat

After a two-month beta testing period, Apple today released iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4, tvOS 11.3, and watchOS 4.3, the latest versions of its device operating systems. Each of the releases contains a handful of new features, as well as bug fixes. The new iOS, macOS, and tvOS releases notably all include a new Privacy screen, introducing an icon that...
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Apple Releases tvOS 11.3 for 4th and 5th Generation Apple TV Models

Apple Releases tvOS 11.3 for 4th and 5th Generation Apple TV Models

11 monthes ago   |   By Mac Rumors

Apple today released tvOS 11.3, the second major update to the tvOS operating system designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS 11.3 comes more than three months after the release of tvOS 11.2 , and a month after the release of a minor tvOS 11.2.6 update .
tvOS 11.3 can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System -> Software Update. Apple TV owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to tvOS 11.3 automatically.
tvOS 11.3 introduces performance improvements and bug fixes for issues discovered...
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Apple Releases watchOS 4.3 With Portrait Nightstand Mode and iPhone Music Controls

Apple Releases watchOS 4.3 With Portrait Nightstand Mode and iPhone Music Controls

11 monthes ago   |   By Mac Rumors

Apple today released watchOS 4.3, the third major update to the watchOS 4 operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 4.3 comes more than three months after the release of watchOS 4.2 , the last major update that brought Apple Pay Cash.
watchOS 4.3 can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone.
watchOS 4.3 introduces support for Nightstand mode when the...
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Apple Releases New 11.3 Software for the HomePod

Apple Releases New 11.3 Software for the HomePod

11 monthes ago   |   By Mac Rumors

Alongside iOS 11.3, watchOS 4.3, and tvOS 11.3, Apple today released a new 11.3 software update designed for the HomePod.
This marks the first software update that's been released for the HomePod since it became available for purchase in February.
The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod after you update to iOS 11.3, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our HomePod software how to .
It's not clear what new features are included in the HomePod software just yet, but we are waiting on both AirPlay 2...
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IOS 11.3 now available-Here's why you need to download it

11 monthes ago   |   By Techno Buffalo


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Apple HomePod Gets Its First Software Update

Apple HomePod Gets Its First Software Update

11 monthes ago   |   By Ubergizmo

Apple's HomePod smart speaker is getting its first-ever software update today. Apple will release the first software update for the HomePod alongside iOS 11.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The device can either be updated automatically or manually via the Home app after the iOS device that the user has is updated to iOS 11.3 first. For those who are unaware, the HomePod's operating system is an iteration of Apple's iOS platform and it's called “audioOS” internally at Apple.
Apple responded to the popular Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers with the HomePod. It's a $349 speaker that it...
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Apple Releases iOS 11.3 With Battery Health Tool, ARKit 1.5, Business Chat, New Animoji, and More

Apple Releases iOS 11.3 With Battery Health Tool, ARKit 1.5, Business Chat, New Animoji, and More

11 monthes ago   |   By Mac Rumors

Apple today released iOS 11.3, the twelfth official update to the iOS 11 operating system that first came out in September of 2017. iOS 11.3 comes more than a month the launch of iOS 11.2.6 , a minor update that fixed a bug causing crashes due to the incorrect rendering of a character in the Indian language Telugu.
The iOS 11.3 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. Eligible devices include the iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the...
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IOS 11.3 with new Animoji, iPhone throttling controls, much more coming today

IOS 11.3 with new Animoji, iPhone throttling controls, much more coming today

11 monthes ago   |   By 9to5Mac

Apple is releasing iOS 11.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today with the software update expected to be available at the top of the hour. While the update includes the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, iOS 11.3 is also a significant feature update as well.
more...
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Apple releasing first HomePod software update alongside iOS 11.3 today

Apple releasing first HomePod software update alongside iOS 11.3 today

11 monthes ago   |   By 9to5Mac

Apple is releasing the first-ever software update for HomePod since its debut. The new software update comes alongside iOS 11.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. HomePod will update automatically or manually updated through the Home app after updating their iOS device to 11.3.
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IOS 11.3 Release Notes Appear to Have Leaked With No Mention of Messages on iCloud or AirPlay 2

IOS 11.3 Release Notes Appear to Have Leaked With No Mention of Messages on iCloud or AirPlay 2

11 monthes ago   |   By Mac Rumors

French developer Pierre Blazquez today shared what he claims are the final release notes for iOS 11.3, supposedly obtained from Apple's servers. His tweet contains images of the release notes in English for the United States.
Apple blog Mac4Ever shared the release notes in French, which we've translated and embedded below in English.
Here are the final Release Notes for iOS 11.3 😊 (English version, French version is on Mac4ever !) Apple iOS iPhone iPad Leak pic.twitter.com/ftGY3iBG9E - Pierre Blazquez March 29, 2018
While there aren't too many surprises, it's worth noting that Messages on...
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